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Old 11-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Road trip - First time out west - Suggestions?

Hello everyone! New member here looking for some suggestions. I have been riding for as long as I can remember and have never been out West. Me and my group are all very experianced and usually dont leave the terrain park when were riding. Im sure there more to Colorado then jumps and rails and thats prob not what I shoudl focus my trip on correct?

Like the title states, me and 3 buddies are renting a car with plans to drive to Colorado. Were all from the Midwest, none of us have even been to Colorado.

We were thinking Breckenridge/keystone/Vail area. originally Breckenridge but after reading through this forum it has kinda diverted me from Breck because all of the Crowded talk...We want fresh powder, nice park and exclusiveness. Ski in and out location, is a must, outdoor hottubs and pools would just top it off as well. Any resort recommendations?

I really appreciate the opinions, I will be reading more all day!

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Old 11-28-2011, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Crowds are going to be an issue at all of the Front Range resorts. Vail, Breck, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Winterpark, Copper, A-Basin. The one exception is Loveland.

If you are doing Colorado and want to get away from crowds look for the destination areas and mom n pop's. Aspen, Crested Butter, Steamboat, Telluride, Wolf Creek, Monarch.

Otherwise go to Montana...
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what month will you be going?
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Like the second week of January. What do you mean by front range resorts? like the mainstream places?

And mom n pop places? Are these mountains smaller? Were only goign to have 4 days of riding, so maybe 2 n 2 somewhere else?
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Front Range = Cities east of the front range = denver, boulder, co. springs, fort collins etc.

mom n pop = small business, not big touristy resorts, may be family owned etc.
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Montana all the way! better terrain and snow and no crowds!
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Montana all the way! better terrain and snow and no crowds!
Terrain is arguable, but crowds are not. Much less traffic up the Montana way even at their "mega" resorts. Hence the reason I suggested it.
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Where about in Montana? Its looking like at least an extra 7 hour drive from chicago
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Check out Bozeman. Big Sky, Moonlight, and Bridger are all in the area.
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OP, pardon these guys. They're purists and don't know the plight (or at least have a hard time remembering) of one who loves the sport but has minimal access to the goods. If you're looking for the easiest shot, for a four-day trip from Chicago...give the Front-Range/Summit County a shot.

You'll probably get snobby after the experience and after a few trips want bigger and better (where suggestios like Big Sky come-into play), but if you're looking for the easiest drive with the best options I'll make a few suggestions...

2 days at Winter Park and Two days at Loveland

Or

2 @ Breckenridge and 2 @ A-Basin

or

2 @ Vail and 2 at Loveland

You could do 4 days at any of the bigger resorts, but I suggest spreading the experience out over a few resorts.

From a frequent traveler who likes to maximize his time with limited days, that would be my suggestion.
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